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Timely Warnings

Phone Scam Alert ****UPDATE****November 21, 2014

     On September 29, 2014 at approximately 4:45pm the Texas State Police Department began receiving phone calls from individuals that were the victim of a phone collection scam.  The callers claim to be representing the IRS or police officers collecting for the IRS and demand an immediate payment to avoid confiscation of property.  The caller ID number appears to be from a Texas State University Police administrative line (512-245-8336) and the callers will give it as a call back. This is a scam to give any information to the caller. If you submitted payment immediately contact your credit card provider and report the offense. Contact local police to file a report. These calls are not generated from the Department nor are related to the Texas State University Police Department.  For more details please see http://www.treasury.gov/tigta/press/press_tigta-2014-03.htm

 

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Suspicious Persons

Texas State University Police are questioning two individuals following an evacuation of the Undergraduate Academic Center on campus. The evacuation was prompted after a woman reported seeing an individual with a gun to University Police.

The Undergraduate Academic Center has reopened and University Police have determined there is no active threat.

The Texas State University Police Department would like to remind people to be aware of their surroundings at all times and to contact the Police Department if they observe any suspicious activity.  

The Police department is attempting to locate a backpage which was carried by one of the two individuals involved.  The backpack appears to be black and gray but may be of other similar colors, the brand may be a North Face based on the shape*.  The photo shows the actual backpack being sought and if found it should not be opened please call 911 or 512-245-2805 immediately.

As of 4:07 pm the backpack was located.

 

*information provided by a University Community Member in response to the emails sent out

 

Burglary of a habitation

At approximately 7:30 a.m. Monday, Nov. 17, the San Marcos Police Department received a report  of a burglary of a habitation at the Vistas Apartments located in the 400 block of North Fredericksburg Street near campus. A resident provided a description of a suspect: Black male, approximately 5’5” tall, wearing long denim shorts and a light colored hoodie with an Aztec print. The suspect may be armed with a knife.

The University Police Department is cooperating with the San Marcos Police Department to investigate the situation and the San Marcos Police Department will be releasing information as it becomes available. Anyone with information about this should contact the San Marcos Police Department at (512) 753-2108.

The Texas State University Police Department would like to remind people to be aware of their surroundings at all times and to contact the Police Department if they observe any suspicious activity.  


Vistas Apartments (Updated Information 11/5/14)

San Marcos Police have released this update regarding the Timely Warning of Nov. 4:

No Criminal Activity Reported

Police Increase Patrols After Social Media Alarm

Police have increased patrols near 401 N. Fredericksburg St. after social media posts alleged residents of an apartment complex felt threatened by suspicious persons, loud banging and graffiti on their doors.

The San Marcos Police Department has been working with the University Police Department to confirm the validity of the social media posts.

Police have contacted several of the people who have made the posts, but they gave no specific information about criminal activity. Police received one report of criminal mischief involving a drawing in permanent marker on a resident’s door last month, but have received no reports of suspicious persons as described in the posts.

“The San Marcos Police Department takes personal safety seriously, and this is a reminder to be aware of your surroundings and to contact police if you notice any suspicious activity,” said Commander Kelly Earnest, head of the San Marcos Police Department Criminal Investigation Division.

Those with specific firsthand knowledge of any incidents are encouraged to submit tips at www.citizenobserver.com, call the SMPD Criminal Investigation Division at 512.753.2300 during normal business hours, or call the police non-emergency number at 512.753.2108 after hours.

The Texas State University Police Department has learned of reports circulating on social media about gang activity harassing women at the Vistas Apartments located in the 400 block of North Fredericksburg Street near campus.

The University Police Department is cooperating with the San Marcos Police Department to investigate the situation and the San Marcos Police Department will be releasing information as it becomes available. Anyone with information about this should contact the San Marcos Police Department at (512) 753-2108.

The Texas State University Police Department would like to remind people to be aware of their surroundings at all times and to contact the Police Department if they observe any suspicious activity.  

 

Tower Hall Update:

The person of interest in the Tower Hall incident over the weekend has been identified. The police department has interviewed this person. The investigation in this matter is still ongoing.

UPD Chief Ralph Meyer would like to express his appreciation for the assistance and support received from the community.

University Police advise people to always be aware of their surroundings and report any suspicious activity. If anyone has information regarding an incident, notify University Police immediately at (512) 245-2805 or call 911.

 

 At approximately 4:30 a.m. October 25, Texas State University Police responded to a terroristic threat at Tower Hall on campus. The suspect, seen on the 8th floor, made a threat of using a weapon to injure people in Tower Hall. A search was conducted by officers, but the suspect was not located.  The suspect is described as a Hispanic or Middle Eastern male approximately 5'10" tall with a light complexion, slender build, long black hair and dressed in black. The suspect made a threat of using a weapon to injure people in Tower Hall.   University Police advise people in the area exercise caution. If anyone has information regarding this incident, notify University Police immediately at (512) 245-2805.     UPDATE to Timely Warning Further Information: Further investigation revealed the subject  was hanging around Tower east door at approximately 0305 hours waiting for the door to be opened. The subject piggy backed in on a resident of Tower Hall.  While inside he made comments that it would be easy to gain entrance to the resident hall, the building being all glass.  It would be easy to get in and harm people without anyone knowing.  The subject was wearing a black button down shirt, blue jeans, black tennis shoes, and a black baseball cap turned backwards with a decal and writing on the back of the cap.  The same subject was seen walking the halls at San Jacinto Hall on the 4th floor at approximately 0330 hours 10/25/2014.  University Police advise people in the area exercise caution. If anyone has information regarding this incident, notify University Police immediately at (512) 245-2805. See attached photos.

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